In fact, according to Snopes, the same video was published to a Facebook page in 2015, meaning it predated the HB2 controversy. There was even an accompanying gross-out picture that allegedly showed the parasite, though some basic Googling reveals it is most likely a photo of a young eel.Regardless, the article had no statement or claim from any company. Dasani or any number of consumer advocacy groups would publish statements or news releases about it, right?Similarly, if you hate Donald Trump, you are more likely to think negative stories about Donald Trump are true, even if there is no evidence.“We seek out information that already fits with our established beliefs,” says Zimdars. There’s obviously a big difference between “misleading” news, which is usually based in fact, and “fake” news, which is just fiction disguised as fact.It had nothing to do with the election results at all. In April, the liberal site Occupy Democrats posted a video that purportedly showed a young woman getting removed from a bathroom by police for not looking feminine enough. Now8News is one of the most infamous fake-but-looks-real site, specializing in the kind of weird news stories that often go viral.This was during the height of the HB2 “bathroom bill” controversy, and the article clearly linked the two. However, there was no date on the video or evidence that it was shot in North Carolina, where the “bathroom bill” was to be passed. One such article claims Coca-Cola recalled Dasani water bottles after a “clear parasite” was found in the water.
Melissa Zimdars, an associate professor at Merrimack College in Massachusetts whose dynamic list of unreliable news sites has gone viral, and Alexios Mantzarlis, the head of the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute. Some fake sites, like National Report, have legitimate-sounding, if not overly general names that can easily trick people on social sites.With that following — Ingraham is also a longtime radio host — advertisers could find her program difficult to ignore.Her Friday announcement drew obvious parallels to another Fox News host who came under the microscope.Laura Ingraham will return to Fox News Channel, despite a spate of recent defections by advertisers from the program she hosts there each weeknight.“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” said Jack Abernethy, co-president of the 21st Century Fox-owned cable outlet, in a statement.They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. Then, Donald Trump, as “reported” by fake news site WTOE 5 News.Finally, another fake news site KYPO6reported he had endorsed Hillary Clinton!In February, “The Ingraham Angle” drew an average of more than 2.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen.Only Fox News’ “Hannity” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” attracted more viewers that month.Mantzarlis recalls an erroneous story that actually cited a legitimate piece of news from CNNMoney.A blog called Viral Liberty recently reported that Ford had moved production of some of their trucks from Mexico to Ohio because of Donald Trump’s election win.